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One More Brainy Reason to Exercise

One More Brainy Reason to Exercise

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Numerous posts within this blog have discussed the many benefits of exercise. In addition to eliminating the need for medication, exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood, and keep your body moving better for many years to come. More and more research over the last several years has also looked at the benefits of exercise on reducing or preventing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Findings support that exercise is the best action to take now to prevent or delay this dreaded memory affecting disease in the future. In fact, according to an article published by Mayo Clinic researcher Dr. Ronald Petersen, “Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.” The reasons to exercise are clear – better physical and mental health in the short- and long-term. What’s holding you back from getting the most out of your workouts or from starting an exercise routine? Contact me today. I’d love to help you maximize all of the benefits that exercise has to...

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Keeping Tabs on Your Overall Wellbeing

Keeping Tabs on Your Overall Wellbeing

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Although I spend a good amount of time on this blog discussing the benefits of exercise, it’s also very important to keep tabs on your overall wellbeing. As a trainer, moving you toward complete health is my ultimate goal. That’s the primary reason that in addition to personal fitness training, I offer the WorkPlace Big 5 personality assessment and consultation. Our work takes up a significant portion of our waking hours (40+ hours a week, 50+ weeks per year) for a very large portion of our lifespan (likely around 40+ years). Finding yourself in a poor job fit situation can lead to a variety of health issues including increased anxiety and stress. These factors can contribute to longer term health consequences such as hypertension, cancers, and anxiety disorders. Being in a situation where your job is a good fit will make you feel energized, productive, and fulfilled. Knowing how your personality plays a role in what types of employment will work best for you is invaluable. As part of my overall wellbeing package, we can discuss these personality traits and how to work toward building on your strengths. In addition, we will customize a workout package that will help you maximize the benefits from your workout routines. Together, we’ll optimize your strengths and your health so that you can enjoy an increased sense of overall...

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7 Great Reasons to Be Active

7 Great Reasons to Be Active

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Need encouragement to get out the door and exercise? How about these amazing benefits? Engaging in physical activity can create the following positive effects: 1. Wards off disease, allowing you to live a longer life. 2. Increases your bone density. 3. Raises your metabolism, so that you lose weight more quickly. 4. Improves your mood – reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. 5. Helps your brain function better – reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. 6. Improves the quality of your sleep. 7. And, most importantly, it raises the quality of your life! Have you noticed other health benefits as a result of regular physical activity? We’d love to hear about them. Please post your comments...

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Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Get the Creative Juices Flowing

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We’ve already talked about the many ways that exercise can help you physically and mentally. But, did you know that exercise can also help you be more creative? Getting away from technology and into the beautiful outdoors is particularly beneficial to getting the creative juices flowing! University of Kansas professor, Ruth Ann Atchley, states in the Chicago Tribune, “The natural environment has a characteristic that some call ‘soft fascination.’ This means that environmental stimuli are emotionally positive.” In addition to natural beauty, the type of exercise you choose is important. Workouts that don’t involve much stimulation (think repetitive movements) are better than highly engaging sports, at least from a creativity standpoint. In other words, you’ll likely have more creative thoughts during a 3-mile jog than downhill skiing on a black diamond trail. Maintaining a regular exercise regime may bring even more creative benefits! An article in the Huff Post presents the finds of a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience determining that “regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers.” Researchers also concluded that “regular exercise seems to be associated with improved divergent and convergent thinking, which are considered the two components of creative thinking; the former involves thinking of multiple solutions for one problem, while the latter involves thinking of one solution for a problem,” according to the same study. Just another great reason to get outside and exercise! I’d love to hear from you! What type of workout gives you the greatest creative boost? Please reply in the comment section...

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Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

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One of my clients, Karen, sent me this story: “I woke up with my stress-meter at a 10 (on a 10 point scale). Since I’d already made the commitment to workout, I changed and drove over to meet you, grumbling the entire way. During the drive I kept thinking ‘I don’t have time for this, I need to cancel my morning workout sessions until this stress passes by.’ I arrived at your place and grudgingly completed the entire workout.” “About two hours later as I was going about my day, I realized how calm I felt. In fact, my stress-meter was down to about a 4 and remained that way throughout the day (even though the stressors did not at all go away). It was at that point that I realized I had my thinking all wrong. Instead of figuring out how to quit, I needed to determine a way to fit in more workouts during the week!” While it’s great to be needed and provide stress-relief, this is a perfect example of how personality and exercise relate! Karen found a short respite from all of the craziness in life through physical exertion, providing her with a much needed mental break. What they say is true! Exercise can relieve stress in multiple ways, including: Releasing endorphins, or a natural chemical that creates the “runner’s high.” Promoting focus and clarity. Boosting your mood which can help combat feelings of depression and anxiety (often associated with stressful situations). So, the next time you’re feeling stressed, don’t try and save time by skipping your workout. Make sure you take the time to exercise. You’ll feel so much better, I...

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Wacky Ways to Get More Exercise Into the Day

Wacky Ways to Get More Exercise Into the Day

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Love these 10 fun and slightly wacky ways to get more exercise into the day! While you’re waiting for coffee to brew in the morning, do pushups against the kitchen countertop. As you’re brushing your teeth, do side leg lifts. Need to pick up items off the floor? Add a full squat on the way down. Play an active wii game like rafting, tennis, or boxing with your children (or your adult pals)! Cooking dinner? Turn on some music and dance around the kitchen while you’re prepping meals. Return to your childhood and visit a playground, or convince your friends and family to play kickball or tag. Visit a rock climbing wall or trampoline-filled gym. At the grocery store, give up the cart and use a basket instead. Pass by the parking space closest to the store and park at the far end of an aisle instead. Waiting in line? Do calf raises or bring one knee at a time upward in a marching motion. Do you have a favorite way to burn a few extra calories during the day? I’d love to hear them. Please share in the comment section...

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